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2016-2017 Season
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2016-2017 Varsity Team Photo: Players’ names were not listed in the 2017 South Yearbook.

Sometimes, the old is new again.  The “old,” Loren Aldrich, returned as head coach.  Aldrich served as head coach three seasons ago, and as an assistant coach last season.  So the “new head coach” is really an “old” coach.

The Tigers opened the season against Richfield.  Richfield won 6-1.  The bright spot of the match for the Tigers was South’s #1 singles player, Mari Daniels-Myers, who was the sole Tiger to win a match.

The first conference match of the season was against Edison.  South singles players, Mari Daniels-Myers, Evie Murphy-Wilson, Lili Jensen, and Lidia Castillo, all won their matches.  The doubles team of Emily Weepie and Carolyn Haaman also won.  Since Edison did not have enough players to fill the other two doubles matches, the Tommies forfeited them.

A second win was in the cards against non-conference opponent Bloomington Kennedy.  With only two singles players winning, Mari Daniels-Myers and Lili Jensen, it came down to the doubles teams to pull out the win.  Two teams, Emily Weepie & Emme Sugnet, Lidia Castillo & Stella Schaefer-Brown, defeated their opponents.  Kennedy did not have enough players ti fill the last doubles team and forfeited, giving South a 5-2 win.  The most amazing part of the match was that freshmen Emme Sugnet was thrust into the #1 doubles team because Emily Weepie’s usual patner, Carline Haarman, could not be at the match.  Sugnet played quite well, keeping the ball in play and helping her veteran partner pull out the match.

Returning to conference play, the Tigers faced Washburn.  The Millers rolled over the Tigers 7-0.  South was hampered because their top two singles players were out with illnesses.

Henry provided the Tigers’ next opponent.  The Tigers top two singles players returned to action.  Daniels-Myers and Murphy-Wilson both won their matches.  The doubles team of Weepie & Haarman also won.  Because Henry did not have enough players to fill the last two doubles slots, they forfeited those matches.  The Tigers won 5-2.

In the next conference match, Southwest defeated the Tigers 7-0.

South and Robbinsdale Cooper clashed in the next match.  South won all three doubles matches.  Unfortunately, they lost all the singles matches en route to a 4-3 defeat by Cooper.  DeLaSalle then proceeded to defeat the Tiger 7-0 in the next match.

The final conference match of the season saw the Tigers take on Roosevelt.  South lost 4-3.  South’s first and third doubles teams, Emily Weepie & Nisa Khairunnisa, and Nadia Hinman and Mackenzie Bergmann, won, as did Lili Jensen at the third singles.  Roosevelt took the win, 4-3.

South’s season ended in their first Region 6AA match against Eastview.  The final was 7-0.

South finished the conference season with a 2-3 record, in fourth place.  Overall, the Tigers were 3-7.